In a mix of all the best things in life--or rather--the best things on the internet, Elon Musk tweeted the "Rick and Morty" official Twitter Account, generating a trifecta of the fandom's favorite topics: "Rick and Morty" the singularity and, of course, Musk's pet speculation that perhaps we earthlings are a computer simulation.

Are human beings actually Sims?

Musk has long favored the likelihood that we are already on our way to creating simulations of ourselves and therefore it's all the more possible that we, ourselves, are already a simulation.

He posits that if you go back 40 years to when the game Pong was created, and you plot the course of advancements since that time, the introduction of virtual reality headsets and augmented reality indicate that we are in the process of creating simulations of ourselves. As technology continues to advance, the difference between reality and virtual reality may come down to nothing more than simple data.

Infinite possibility is the common denominator between the "Rick and Morty" universe and the simulation theory. "Rick and Morty" is an animated series that follows mad-scientist "Rick" and his grandson "Morty" as they embark on a never-ending supply of misadventures that their interdimensional travels allow.

The subject matter proved to be a tempting mix for Elon Musk. Throw in the singularity (in short, the moment that artificial intelligence becomes sentient, capable of acting with a will of its own and no longer under the control of its creators) and you've come up with the magic formula it takes to pull Elon Musk away from his grueling 100-plus hours-per-week work schedule for a bit of light pondering.

'Rick and Morty' respond to Musk's tweet


Elon Musk struggles with wide-spread opposition to his concerns that if AI is left unregulated, it could pose a significant threat to human-kind.

These concerns have led him to yet another venture, adding OpenAI to the family of companies that include SpaceX, Tesla, NeuraLink, and Boring. The goal of OpenAI is, in part, to democratize artificial intelligence. OpenAI offers its research as open source in the hopes that by making AI readily accessible to anyone we can minimize the threat that in the hands of only the most powerful, artificial intelligence could be used for dangerous and harmful purposes. Combining these concerns with the simulation theory would create infinite worlds of possible risk.

There is opposition to the simulation theory. Oxford University physicists have provided the findings of a study that states there aren't enough atoms in the universe to support infinite simulations. In time, perhaps we'll have definitive answers. In the meanwhile, in the words of "Rick and Morty", we'll all "just ride this out until the singularity hits, you know?"